Arthur Ashe

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe

Profession: Tennis Player

United States of America

Biography: Arthur Ashe was ranked number one in the world and won three Grand Slam titles. An African American, he was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.

He is thus considered to be one of the best tennis players in history from the United States.

Born: July 10, 1943
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: February 6, 1993 (aged 49)
Cause of Death: AIDS-related pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1977-02-20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Historical Events

  • 1963-08-01 Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American tennis player to be named in the US Davis Cup team
  • 1966-01-31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson makes it 4 straight Australian titles; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3
  • 1967-01-30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson repeats previous year's result; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 for his 5th straight Australian title
  • 1968-08-25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship
  • 1968-09-08 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Arthur Ashe wins first Open era US title; beats Dutchman Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
  • 1968-12-12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black person be ranked #1 in tennis
  • 1970-01-27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe beats big serving local Dick Crealy 6-4, 9-7, 6-2
  • 1971-03-14 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall of Australia beats American defending champion Arthur Ashe 6-1, 7-5, 6-3; first man to win an Open era Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set
  • 1972-09-10 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ilie Năstase of Romania beats Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title
  • 1975-07-05 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats countryman Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
  • 1979-01-14 John McEnroe wins his first of 3 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles 6–7, 6–3, 7–5 against fellow American Arthur Ashe at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1980-04-16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
  • 1983-06-21 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery
  • 1985-03-21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • 1992-12-15 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

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